Rusty Collins is the Director of the Denver County CSU Extension office and has worked for Extension for 6 years. His office of 16 staff offer programming throughout Denver for Nutrition Education, 4-H Youth Development, Horticulture, Community Development and Urban Agriculture. In his role as County Extension Director, Rusty is the liaison between Denver County and Colorado State University Extension.
Rusty’s expertise is in Community Development, and his work includes facilitating meetings, convening community conversations about Wicked Problems, and working with groups to increase their capacity and multiply their impact. Rusty has facilitated events and meetings for groups as diverse as the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, the Colorado Bark Beetle Cooperative, My Denver Recreation, the Urban Waters Partnership, Denver Forestry and Natural Areas, the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council, the Local Food Think Tank and the South Platte Enhancement Board. Rusty serves as an Ex-Officio member of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, a member of the Colorado Food Guild, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council.
Rusty earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences at Colorado State University. He has over 25 years of experience having served as an Executive Director of both Neighbor to Neighbor, a private, nonprofit affordable housing organization, and the Bohemian Foundation, a $50 Million private, family-foundation. Rusty also operated his own Real Estate Brokerage business in Fort Collins and served as an area Nonprofit Consultant for 5 years before moving to Denver 6 years ago.
Rusty was the Fort Collins Citizen of the Year in 2002; he was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Council for Housing and the Homeless; he earned the Fort Collins “Pushing the Envelope Award” in 2004; he is an Honored KeyHolder for Neighbor to Neighbor; his nonprofit organization won the El Pomar Outstanding Colorado Nonprofit in 2004; he has raised over $25 Million for Colorado Charities; and Rusty recently was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award for Colorado Extension.